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The Resource The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps, Michael Blanding

The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps, Michael Blanding

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The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps
Title
The map thief
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the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps
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Michael Blanding
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Language
eng
Summary
This is the story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him. Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers, both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief, until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. This book delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him. The author, a reporter and magazine writer, has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, the author is the first reporter to explore the story in full, and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he had gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more, and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, the author teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption. The story interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of brazen thefts, and an obsessive subculture, the author has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime. -- Provided by publisher
Summary
"The story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers-both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate theworld. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief -until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him. Acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, Blanding is the first reporter to explore the story in full-and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he'd gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more-and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, Blanding teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption. The Map Thief interweaves Smiley's escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of thefts as brazen as the art heists in Provenance and a subculture as obsessive as the oenophiles in The Billionaire's Vinegar, Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime. "--
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
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10313061
Cataloging source
BT
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Blanding, Michael
Dewey number
364.162
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Smiley, E. Forbes
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws
  • Map dealers
  • Map industry and trade
  • Map thefts
  • Book thefts
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps
Label
The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps, Michael Blanding
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Contents
Selected mapmakers, 1470-1860 -- The explorer and the thief -- Small hope -- A new world -- Who knows the most wins -- Catalog number one -- Playing hardball -- Upward departure -- The battle of Sebec -- Missing maps, missing cards -- Caught! -- The plea -- Map quest -- Terra incognita -- Maps Smiley admitted stealing -- Additional maps libraries reported missing
Control code
000052943570
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 300 pages
Isbn
9781592408177
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
The map thief : the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps, Michael Blanding
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Contents
Selected mapmakers, 1470-1860 -- The explorer and the thief -- Small hope -- A new world -- Who knows the most wins -- Catalog number one -- Playing hardball -- Upward departure -- The battle of Sebec -- Missing maps, missing cards -- Caught! -- The plea -- Map quest -- Terra incognita -- Maps Smiley admitted stealing -- Additional maps libraries reported missing
Control code
000052943570
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 300 pages
Isbn
9781592408177
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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